Our Trip To Handmade Redcliffe Markets, Brisbane, Queensland. Australia
Up early, for a 20 minute trip to Redcliffe. Redcliffe offers a diversity of shopping experiences, from centres to boutique retail … fantastic weekly markets showcasing local produce and handmade items, lovely beaches and parks.
We first headed to our favourite parks, Kroll Gardens, which is about 5 acres of off-leash park. Kroll Gardens is the perfect place to go to when you want to bring your four-legged friends along. We take our pup Shari here at least 2 times a week and she absolutely love it. Shari likes to mingle with the other dogs and Chase… well she loves to chase, steal balls and never brings them back to us.
It’s great for the dogs to have so much room to run free (this place really is massive!) and be able to play with all the other friendly dogs around. Kroll Gardens is also fully fenced and has lots of trees and a walking track through the middle of it. This park is just perfect for dogs and has all the best facilities for your furry friends no matter how big or small they may be. If you’d like to take your dogs for a visit to Kroll Gardens then you can find it on the corner of Snook Street and Duffield Road in Clontarf. Hope to see you there!
We then dropped into Handmade/Boutique Market at Margate. A boutique-style market where product and service meet Handmade Redcliffe is home to a unique community of makers and customers. A curation of stalls filled with locally made wares supported by customers seeking niche, handmade products and who enjoy meeting the local crafters that make them.
We love heading to local markets because lots of stall holders are regulars at the markets they attend, so if you fall in love with one of their products, you can always go back and buy it again. Many stall holders also have online stores so you can discover great products that are available online, while still supporting local business.
When you buy a product in a department store, you’re never aware of who made it, how it was made and more often than not, all you know is it was probably made in a factory in China. When you buy from the markets, you almost always meet a products’ maker who will gladly tell you how it was made, what it’s made from and where it was produced.
As almost all products you’ll find at art and craft markets are handmade, it’s common to find products made from recycled or upcycled materials, organic ingredients and making processes that are environmentally friendly. Not only will you be supporting local industry but you’ll also be supporting our environment.
If you’re tired of looking at the generic products of Myer, David Jones and other department stores, but still want variety, durability and quality, markets are the place to go. Keep up to date on art and design being created by the people who live in your local community. Buy their products and support local artists and designers.
Before heading home we dropped into Soul Harvest Wholefoods Eatery, Margate. This amazing business is the epitome of soul food, made with love and it resonates into the food. The staffs are an amazing unit of beautiful human beings that make wholesome healthy food that tastes amazing. As an ex chef, hospitality person , I can honestly say that this unique business is something special that only comes along in rare cases. Kim ordered the Meal Preps from these guys. The food is delicious and she loves that it is nutritious as well. Her favourites are the beef curry and the poached chicken salad – yum! The meals make her work lunches and dinners easy, Kim always loves coming here. Her last order was a very generous size poached chicken and avocado salad. It was divine.